Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superhero (Misc)
If it ain't Marvel or DC but it still wears spandex, it goes here now. This batch gives us a comic from the Mother of Dragons, Jeff Lemire's ever expanding superhero world, more Spawn than you can shake a wheelbarrow at, and some ninja goodness.
MOM MOTHER OF MADNESS #1
(W) Emilia Clarke, Marguerite Bennett (A) Leila Leiz (CA) Jo Ratcliffe
Game of Thrones superstar EMILIA CLARKE debuts an EXTRA-LENGTH, THREE-ISSUE MINISERIES! The mayhem begins with Maya, under-the-weather scientist by day, over-the-top superhero by night, and badass single mom 24/7. Deadpool action and Fleabag comedy collide when Maya activates her freakish superpowers to take on a secret sect of human traffickers.
Mature readers only! Comedy and chaos await in the first of three 40-page issues by the glamorous artist of Horde, LEILA LEIZ!
Why this caught my eye:
I'm not a big Bennett fan, and Clarke is an unknown element for me in the storytelling aspect, but I do like Leiz's artwork. This is getting a bit of media attention as well so it could be a decent hit, but that could all dissipate quickly as well.
BLACK HAMMER REBORN #1
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Caitlin Yarsky
The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns in this ongoing series picking up twenty years later with new series artist Caitlin Yarsky.
Now, it's twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn't picked up the hammer in years. But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself.
UNBELIEVABLE UNTEENS WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #1
(W) Jeff Lemire, Tyler Crook (A/CA) Tyler Crook
From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes this meta team superhero saga taking place between two different worlds.
After signing at a comic book convention, Unbelievable Unteens artist Jane Ito finds herself visited by one of the characters from her own creation-but was it her own creation? Were the Unteens an actual school of teenaged misfit superheroes who battled supervillains under the lead of the mysterious Dr. Miles Moniker? And if so, who wiped their memories and why? As Jane's world is turned upside down and she learns the true nature of her identity she discovers a sinister plot leading her to assemble a team she had suspected was purely fictional.
• An exciting reimagination of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series!
Why these caught my eye:
The Black Hammer stuff always comes out in these short mini runs that throw off subscribers, and depending on how your retailer handles your subs it might not hurt to just give them a heads up you want these as well.
SPAWN UNIVERSE #1
(W) Todd McFarlane (A) Jim Cheung, Todd McFarlane, Stephen Segovia, Marcio Takara (CA) J. Scott Campbell
IT'S HERE: THE OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LONG-AWAITED SPAWN'S UNIVERSE!
A double-sized issue that begins a storyline so huge that three NEW SPAWN-related monthly titles will spill out from it, including...
A new SPAWN title. GUNSLINGER SPAWN monthly. And a new TEAM book bringing a handful of these characters together in their own book.
With this one-shot...the world of SPAWN changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, new titles coming to a comic shop near you.
Join this list of artists as we unveil a historic moment in the mythology of SPAWN'S UNIVERSE:
KING SPAWN #1
(W) Sean Lewis, Todd McFarlane (A) Javier Fernandez, Brett Booth, Philip Tan, Stephen Segovia, Todd McFarlane, Marcio Takara (CA) Puppeteer Lee
A historical NEW ongoing SPAWN series begins!
The launch of this book, nearly three decades in the making, further expands the SPAWN UNIVERSE with a growing presence of Hell, Heaven, and Heroes here on Earth.
A classic villain from Spawn's past has begun asserting his powers on Earth by corrupting as many souls as possible. And only Spawn knows that he even exists. Continuing the dramatic battles from SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1, this is where it all begins!!!!!
Don't miss out...the last time a new ongoing SPAWN series launched was in 1992.
Why this caught my eye:
I haven't cared about Spawn since issue #100, so I'm not highlighting these due to much personal interest. I do like a chunk of the artists involved though, and I'm happy to see Marcio Takara getting so much work and attention these days. Also, from a marketing and indy superhero perspective, this is all fairly relevant to keep tabs on as McFarlane is a savvy businessman regardless of any other issues people may have with him.
On a different note, that last quote? "....the last time a new ongoing SPAWN series launched was in 1992." Uhhhhhhh.......
Curse of the Spawn (1996, 29 issues)
Sam & Twitch (1999, 26 issues)
Spawn The Dark Ages (1999, 28 issues)
Hellspawn (2000, 16 issues)
Casefiles: Sam and Twitch (2003, 25 issues)
Like.....ya'll know the internet is just like...right here....right?
(W) Jeff Parker (A) Javier Pulido (CA) David Nakayama
Out of the shadows and into the spotlight... the world's greatest superspy has been exposed!
Colin King is Ninjak and he has a target on his back like never before. With enemies lurking around every corner, how will Ninjak survive when there's nowhere left to hide and the world is gunning for him?
Hang onto your hats, folks! Jeff Parker and Javier Puildo are about to take you on a non-stop thrill ride.
Why this caught my eye:
Every creator attached to this I love. parker's writing is fun and engaging, Pulido's art is amazing, and Nakayama's covers and toy packaging art are always a treat. The preview pages look like fun too.
That's it for this batch, we'll hit LGBTQ+ material next!